Vocational Education in Timor-Leste Boosts Employment Opportunities for the Youth

Video | 1 August 2014

ADB supports vocational education in Timor-Leste, creating jobs and opportunities for the country's next generation of citizens.

This is the second installment of a video series called "Great Expectations," which explores development challenges in different ADB member-countries through the hopes and aspirations of their children.

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Title: Vocational Education in Timor-Leste Boosts Employment Opportunities for the Youth

Description: Great Expectations – Timor-Leste, ADB supports vocational education in Timor-Leste, creating jobs and opportunities for the country's next generation of citizens.

VO: Timor-Leste is the world’s 2nd youngest country. Its independence followed decades of conflict. Since its independence in 2002, the country has sought peace and stability.

SOT: Shane Rosenthal
Resident Representative
Timor-Leste Resident Mission
Asian Development Bank
It has made tremendous progress in building the institutions of the state, being able to operate as a government.

VO: Timor-Leste has a young demographic with almost 40% of its population under  the age of 15.

SOT: Shane Rosenthal
Resident Representative
Timor-Leste Resident Mission
Asian Development Bank
The future of the country depends on this cohort, the next generation.

VO: These young boys and girls will hopefully be able to steer Timor-Leste further into development from its once conflict-ridden past. Much depends on whether the Pacific country can provide a platform for its young citizens to achieve their dreams – allowing them the opportunity to help the nation move towards progress in the 21st century.

SOT: Fabiola Lay
I want to be a Minister so I can help my country reduce poverty.

SOT: Ricardo dos Santos
I want to be a soldier so I can defend the country’s sovereignty.

SOT: Tania da Silva
I want to be a scout leader because I want to share my knowledge and ability to all the young Timorese about scouting.

SOT: Kevin Pinto de Costa
I want to be a policeman so I can catch criminals.

VO: Today, Timor-Leste’s greatest achievement is maintaining the peace and stability it struggled hard to achieve.

Great Expectations

VO: Today, Timor-Leste’s greatest achievement is maintaining the peace and stability it struggled hard to achieve.

SOT: Shane Rosenthal
Resident Representative
Timor-Leste Resident Mission
Asian Development Bank
I think the main challenge here is to build on the stability that has been both political and economic. And that requires continuing investments in the capacity of government workers and in the continuing transparency around how the budget is formulated, how expenditures are made.

VO: With peace and a working system of governance in place, the country’s focus has turned to strengthening its economy.

SOT: Shane Rosenthal
Resident Representative
Timor-Leste Resident Mission
Asian Development Bank
What they’re trying to do is 3 things: 1, the government is trying to continue the stability that it has established in its first decade. 2, is trying to build the physical infrastructure so that means the highways, water supply, sewage, drainage infrastructure, and other things. And 3rd, is trying to invest in the human infrastructure, education and health are extremely important for this young country.

VO: The Asian Development Bank has assisted Timor Leste through building key infrastructure such as roads and highways. ADB also provided water supply to households. The bank also invested in the vocational education sector by providing Timorese youth with job skills that will help them to join the workforce in the future.

SOT: Ilidio Ximenes da Costa
Secretary of State
Professional Formation and Employment Policy
For Timor Leste as a young country, the most important for us is vocational training. Because the vocational training only takes one year, they can get knowledge and skill and they can get immediately work and job.

VO: In the capital Dili, Beatriz da Conceisao is learning automotive skills at the ADB-supported Don Bosco Training Center. Beatriz is among the few women being trained to repair cars. She plans to start her own car repair shop after finishing her course.

SOT: Beatriz da Conceisao
Student, Don Bosco Training Center
Many women don’t want to get their hands dirty, don’t want to carry heavy things and are not interested in automotive work. But for me, I’m really keen on carrying heavy equipment and do automotive repair work. When I graduate from here, I have plans for my own career and I want to help my family.

VO: ADB also funded the upgrading of existing facilities and the construction of a training center at the Dili Institute of Technology in Baucau city, east of Dili. Construction graduates from the institute are building the facility themselves.

SOT: Jose Manuel
Graduate, Building Construction Course
Dili Institute of Technology, Baucau
I’ve been constructing this building for over ten months now. I earned over $1,500. I used the money to support my own family and to help my parents.

VO: ADB also supported the National Center for Vocational Training and Employment in the sub-district of Tibar, west of the capital.  Aside from supporting vocational education, ADB is assisting the government establish public-private partnerships.

This is important, especially for services, which could benefit from private sector participation such as ports, water and power supply, helping the country expand its economy beyond agricultural production and government expenditure.

With its economy growing, Timor-Leste is moving towards a future where young ambitions can thrive and prosper.

SOT: Ricardo dos Santos
I want Timor-Leste to live in peace and harmony.

SOT: Fabiola Lay
I hope each family would have a house.

SOT: Kevin Pinto da Costa
I want Timor-Leste to have peace and harmony.

SOT: Tania da Silva
For my country Timor-Leste, I want them to clean up, have a rubbish day or have some fun.